Dr. Matthew Dewar

When I reflect on my own journey, I can see one question that shapes and drives its course:

What makes my life meaningful?

It's a question that led me, as a young adult, to the other side of the world and, more importantly, deep within myself.  By the time I had graduated from college, I had lived in a Buddhist monastery, majored in religion and philosophy, and developed committed mindfulness and martial arts practices. Once I graduated college, I channeled these personal and academic pursuits into a career in education. 

For the last fifteen years, I’ve been a high school educator with a number of roles: coach, English and Wellness teacher, learning facilitator, and well-being coordinator. As my professional roles change and evolve, the question of what it means to live a meaningful life continues to drive my work with students and colleagues. Most of all, it’s been my daily classroom experiences that have forged a personal and professional mission to bring people of all ages together around the process and practice of discovering and living their best lives. Now JOURNEY 30K is the next step in my personal and professional evolution, providing an expanded platform to share my passion and expertise with anyone interested in living and performing well.

Education
Doctorate in Curriculum Studies and Philosophy of Education (with a research concentration in health and well-being)
Masters in Education: Curriculum and Instruction for Health and Wellness Education
Masters of Arts in Teaching
Bachelors in Religion and Philosophy

Academic publications (book)
Education and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry (Palgrave Macmillan)
https://www.amazon.com/Education-Well-Being-Ontological-Matthew-Dewar/dp/1137602759

Certifications
Certified Wellness Practitioner - National Wellness Institute
Certified Worksite Wellness Consultant and Certified Faculty Member - WELCOA
Certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) - Stressed Teens
Certified in Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Children and Teens - PESI

The pace and complexity of modern life jeopardize the well-being of young adults. By integrating mindfulness into schools, educators can help young adults reconnect with themselves and reclaim life balance. 

Only when we acknowledge that our most valuable resource, time, is nonrenewable, can we begin to understand what it means to be well and live accordingly. If we ignore the passing of time, we risk losing a greater sense of life purpose and meaning.

Momento Mori:
SEIZING THE TIME WE HAVE IN LIFE

WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO
HOST KATHLEEN DUNN
GUEST DR. MATTHEW DEWAR